The digital collection Gallipoli – Century Ireland is part of the Century Ireland project of RTE, the Irish radio and television. This project concerning the Irish involvement in the First World War focuses on the Irish soldiers serving in the expedition to Gallipoli. In the collection you will find maps, aerial photographs and galleries with photos, drawings, works of art and posters. There are entries from regimental diaries and eyewitness accounts. The guides lead you to themes such as the home front, decorations for courageous actions, remembrance, the role of the Royal Navy and the Turkish army. There are also are interviews with historians, videos and films. Educational resources are also presented in this collection, and there is a section with a bibliography and links to relevant websites.
The digital collection Letters of 1916: A Year in the Life has been created by Maynooth University. The aim of this project is to collect letters and postcards documenting the year 1916 – more exactly from November 1915 to Oxctober 1916 – in all its dimensions, not only the Easter Rising and the Great War, but also daily life and business. Not only cultural institutions contribute to this collections. Individuals can give letters to be digitized or transcribe letters. At the start there were already some 2,200 letters. The letters can be searched freely or browsed for particular themes and months.
The digital exhibition The Great War Revisited has been created by the Library of Trinity College Dublin in cooperation with the Google Cultural Institute. The Library shows here sixty items with all kind of documents, ranging from audiovisual materials – including five videos and rare photographs taken in Iraq and Palestine – to recruiting posters, images of letters and diaries, pamphlets and artwork.
Depending on the country where you access this virtual exhibition the interface at Google Cultural Institute uses a particular language, which can be changed using the very narrow navigation bar at the bottom of the screen.
The Monica Roberts Collection is a digital collection at the portal Dublin Heritage, an initiative of the Dublin City Public Library and Archive. This digital collection contains 453 letters from 56 soldiers. Monica Roberts was active in a committee sending gifts and practical things to soldiers at the front. The collection is part of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive (RDFA/001). There is a separate guide to the Monica Roberts Collection and a list of letters. From Monica Roberts just one letter survives, but you can view her diary which is particularly interesting for the 1916 Easter Rising (RDFA.01.08.048). Apart from images there are accompanying transcriptions. You can search for correspondants, use the full text search or browse the entire collection.
The virtual exhibition The Diary of Mary Martin has been created at Trinity College, Dublin. Mary Martin was an Irish widow living in Dublin, mother of twelve children. One of them served with the British Army. The virtual exhibition shows 132 fragments from her diary in the year 1916, some letters sent to her son who went missing during service at Salonika with the Royal Dublin Fuseliers, and some photographs. The diary, now at the National Library of Ireland (MS 34,256A), contains information about Mary’s family, friends and relatives, about the Irish home front and the Easter Rising of 1916. You can read transcriptions and look at images of the diary. The diary can be searched with a free text search, browsed at will or entered for a specific date using a calendar.
The digital project Castleton Lanterns has as its focus a series of slides figuring Irish soldiers who had served during the First World War. The collection was made in 1918 for a commemorative presentation, and only rediscovered in 2013 in the Alexandra Church in Belfast. The collection takes its name from the Castleton Presbyterian Congregation. The renown Belfast photographer Alexander Robert Hogg took the photographs for the slides . The 77 slides show soldiers from Belfast, both in group portraits and individual portraits. The identification of individuals is partially possible thanks to a roll of honour, but this list now seems defective. With the help of the public soldiers continue to be identified, and information about their wartime service can be added.
The digital collection Soldiers’ Wills is a project of the National Archives of Ireland, Dublin. In the collection you will find 9,000 digitized wills mostly dating from the First World War. Some wills stem from the South African War (1899-1902). Around 35,000 Irish soldiers died during service in the First World War. The wills can be searched for name, surname, service number, War Office number and date, and date of death. The wills were most often written on the page for wills of the pocket army service book known as the Small Book.